3 Words For Those Who Can’t Cope With Divorce

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I have 3 words for those who can’t cope with divorce. Here they are:

Enjoy. Each. Day.


Why these three words? Here’s the story. A reader commented on one of my blog posts, stating that “divorce is a fate worse than death.”

Now, my gut reaction to this statement was that this reader has obviously never experienced the death of someone close to him. Otherwise, he would not have written this. I can speak firsthand, as someone who went through a divorce and who lost my father. Two entirely different things and I’ll take the divorce over that any day of the week.




That said, I do feel for this guy, because for him to write such a bold statement, he is obviously in a lot of pain, and he is suffering immensely. We don’t know what his divorce is like. Maybe his wife left, maybe she has turned his kids against him, maybe he is financially in trouble, or maybe he is suffering from loneliness. So for him, he can’t imagine the death of a loved one being any harder than what he is experiencing.

Enter another reader, who responded to this dark statement.


Dude, take a pill. Divorce is not a fate worse than death. For example, I am divorced. I started my day with a run by the river, and then met my girlfriend for brunch. After that, I went to the movies and then had a long call with my Dad about nothing before having a beer. It’s been a pretty good day so far. I haven’t been dead before, so I can’t say definitively, but just going out on a limb, I’d say this is not a fate worse than death.


Reading this response was like a breath of fresh air to me. The title of his comment, by the way, was “How I spent my day.”

Why did it feel so good to read this? Because this reader understands something that many people going through a divorce or who are already divorced don’t. He seems to live by the three words: Enjoy. Each. Day.


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Let me back up. No one wants to be divorced. But, it happens. The pain of divorce can be unbearable. Your ex can do unspeakably horrible things to you. The process can seem really, really unfair and exhausting. And, the regret you might feel can make things seem hopeless. But all these things have one thing in common: they are all out of your control.

You might not have wanted the divorce. Maybe your spouse just told you one day, “I met someone else, I want a divorce.” Or, maybe you did want the divorce because you had no choice (because of abuse, for example.) In either scenario, you had little or no control. You don’t have control of someone cheating, you don’t have control of a substance abuse issue, and you don’t have control over someone deciding it’s over. To an extent, we everyone has some control over the success of our romantic relationships. In other words, you can put in effort to keep your marriage healthy, but a lot of things are out of your control, mainly your spouse’s behavior, words and actions. Additionally, you have little or no control over the court system, other than to trust your attorney and educate yourself so you can make good decisions.


What many people don’t know how to do is to take all the things they can’t control, put them on a plate and set them aside. Doing this makes room for what you CAN control, which is what you choose to do each day of your life.

I’ll start with this example. You can wake up and do one of these two things:


#1. You can lay there thinking, ‘The house is empty. My ex is waking up with his new girlfriend, happy as can be.’ ‘My kids are at their house and they love her.’ ‘I am going to be alone forever.’ You can then cry and worry about it all day, sit around watching old “Friends” episodes and order a pizza.




#2 You can wake up and look out the window and see that the sun is shining. You can think, ‘What do I want to do on this beautiful day that is such a gift to me?’ ‘Do I want to go for a walk, call a girlfriend, go shopping, plan a vacation, go see my family, do some volunteer work?’ ‘What do I want for breakfast? I can have anything I want!’


Think about my reader. He went for a run, ate brunch, went to a movie, talked with his dad, had a beer. That sounds like a great day! I’m sure things weren’t or aren’t easy for him for the simple fact that he is divorced, and nothing is easy about that. But, he is choosing to enjoy his day.


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He probably doesn’t do this every day, and no one is expected to be perky and happy every minute of every day. There are times we can nurture ourselves and let ourselves feel the pain of what happened to us, but in the coming months, more and more days should be spent going back to basics and doing what we love, seeing people we enjoy, experiencing and learning new things, and doing what makes us happy and makes us feel fulfilled.


I tell newly separated people who are really in the thick of feeling crappy that they should take some time every single day to enjoy something. It might be an activity with the kids, trying a new restaurant, walking in a garden, performing a kind or charitable act. Even if you do one thing that makes you realize the beauty of life, your day can’t be that bad.


Enjoy. Each. Day. because there will always be crap we all have to deal with (whether going through a divorce or not). Problems will always be present. We solve them and then new ones come up. Most we can handle, but there are some we can’t. Believe me, divorce is one that you can handle. I promise! So, set aside the problems you can’t control but will eventually solve, and find simple pleasures in life. Do kind things that make you feel good. Laugh a lot. And of course, love love love the ones you love.


Like this post? Check out my article, “Going Through a Divorce? One Word That Will Keep you Out of the Garbage Chute”


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Author: Jackie Pilossoph

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7 Responses to “3 Words For Those Who Can’t Cope With Divorce”

  1. Monica

    I can understand this persons feelings. Who are we to judge one persons feelings in just one moment in time. I, myself, have these feelings on more than one occasion. And although my intellect tells me it’s just a bad day, my heart is absolutely on the floor in pieces, at that moment. I am a 47 year old, childless, new divorcee whom made a major career change and have gotten divorced within one year. I would have to disagree that if one feels like death is better than divorce, that person never lost someone he/she loves. To the contrary, I have been through the loss of a death of loved ones, friendships, famiy etc. To put my view into perspective, today is a perfect example. I woke up not wanting to get out of bed, but I did. I didn’t want to go to work, but I did. I could hardly make it through noon, I felt so alone; and I want to make it clear I am not one who wants a pity party. i’m an adult and I’m dealing my own way and not by way of sympathy from outsiders who don’t understand what i’m going through. This morning I just really wanted to die. News. People. Ex cheating on me. ect. I left early, took a xanax, and took a 2 hour nap. I woke up and forced myself to go to the gym. that exercise alone, helped me feel like I had hope again. My day literally took a 180 degree turn. In short, not one persons experiencne is like anothers so we should not judge how one feels at that moment , because it is just a bad day, not a bad life!

    • Jackie Pilossoph

      I love this reply. I guess I never thought of it that way because I went through a divorce long before I had a death in my family. I love the part about you going to the gym. It does make such a difference, doesn’t it? I remember, I used to call my sister sobbing (when I was going through my divorce) and she would say, “Let’s hang up. You should go to the gym and call me back after.” and i would do that and i would always feel better. I wish you lots and lots of really good days ahead and less and less bad ones. xoxo

  2. Jayne

    My father died when I was a teen, many years before my spouse and I separated. I can honestly say (though it feels dishonorable to my father) that the separation has been much harder to deal with. My father dying was horrible, sad and really tough but it did not leave me feeling rejected, with low self-confidence and facing the possibility I may not have children like the separation has.

  3. catosg

    47 m here going through a divorce and there’s good & bad days and though seeking regular counsellor still sometimes struggle each morning once the reminder hits, I started using these 3 words starting today and I like the positive vibe its giving me. I can wallow later, but now I am going for a walk on this nice spring day and meet friends for sushi.

  4. Amber

    Wow, I just want to say thank you so much for all of these posts. I have to be honest, I would say that how I am feeling right now is a fate worse than death. I am miserable and with every second comes these mind consuming thoughts that I can’t seem to shake.
    My name is Amber and I filed for divorce last week. Not because I wanted to but because I have no control over what my husband wants… no control. Ugh, no control. I can’t believe this is happening to me.
    We have been married for nine years. We have a brand new home and a beautiful little girl. What makes everything worse is that I recently left a full time job to go back to school because it has been something I wanted to do for a long time. I also thought that my husband would be there to support me, to grow old with me, and now I feel lost and empty. I feel like I have nothing left.
    So when does it come? How long does it take? Will I ever be okay again?


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